TOO MUCH SEA FOR AMATEURS

Installed at the Haggerty Museum of Art, as part of the Mary L Nohl Fund Fellowship Exhibition, June 9-July 31, 2016

Too Much Sea for Amateurs (2016) investigates longing, loneliness, dependability, and the certainty of death: universal realities reflected in maritime culture. It presents the Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse, a visible yet inaccessible landmark of Milwaukee, as a symbol for the dysfunction of a contemporary urban life that prizes self-containment over camaraderie, isolation over obligation, and comfort over valor. I worked with a researcher from a nonprofit organization, Historic Milwaukee, to uncover compelling historical footnotes about the Lighthouse, the building upon which I based my billowing one-fifth scale sculpture. With her input I was able to draw inspiration from a newsworthy storm on October 22nd, 1929, which was violent enough to shake the twenty-inch thick concrete and steel walls.

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Marooned , outdoor coated fabric, metal, light, speakers, 2016  Photo credit:  Claudine Nuetzel

Marooned, outdoor coated fabric, metal, light, speakers, 2016

Photo credit: Claudine Nuetzel

Marooned , outdoor coated fabric, metal, light, speakers, 2016  Photo credit:  Claudine Nuetzel

Marooned, outdoor coated fabric, metal, light, speakers, 2016

Photo credit: Claudine Nuetzel

It is the Outsider Who Thrills to the Significance of the Lightkeepers Work , photographic documentation of performance with object, 2016  Photo credit:  Claudine Nuetzel

It is the Outsider Who Thrills to the Significance of the Lightkeepers Work, photographic documentation of performance with object, 2016

Photo credit: Claudine Nuetzel

Capsize/Baptize , Installation view on the left, installation in use on the right, mixed media, 2016  Photo credit:  Claudine Nuetzel

Capsize/Baptize, Installation view on the left, installation in use on the right, mixed media, 2016

Photo credit: Claudine Nuetzel

The Storm of October 22 , photographic documentation of performance with object, 2016  Photo credit:  Claudine Nuetzel

The Storm of October 22, photographic documentation of performance with object, 2016

Photo credit: Claudine Nuetzel